Michael Thomas is having a season like no other wide receiver ever

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees is justifiably getting plenty of recognition as an MVP candidate this season. But Brees shouldn’t overshadow a teammate who’s having a historically great season.

That teammate is Michael Thomas, who is having a season like no other wide receiver has ever had.

So far this season, Thomas has been targeted on 91 passes and caught 82 of them, for 1,042 yards. That 82-of-91 stat equates to a completion rate of just over 90 percent on passes thrown to Thomas, which is absolutely unprecedented for a 1,000-yard wide receiver, as far back as target stats exist.

FootballOutsiders.com has target stats dating back to 1986, and the highest catch rate for any 1,000-yard wide receiver in the NFL since 1986 came when John Taylor of the 49ers caught 80 percent of his passes in 1989, when he caught 60 passes for 1,077 yards.

So Thomas is on track to catch 90 percent of his targets in a 1,000-yard season, when the previous high water mark was 80 percent. If Thomas continues playing at his current pace for the rest of the season, he’ll finish the year with 131 catches on 146 targets, for 1,723 yards. That’s an unprecedented season in NFL history.

39 responses to “Michael Thomas is having a season like no other wide receiver ever

  1. Saints are the opposite of the Rams. Rams have the rookie QB contract surrounded by expensive stars. Saints have the massive QB contract surrounded by amazing skill position guys on their rookie deals.

  2. be nice to see brady wake up

    all brees does is throw it for grabs ln back shoulder plays

    it is clearly working but if a d would pay attention, this little ride is likely to come crashing down

  3. He’s having a great season. On track to being first-team All-Pro.

    With that said I’d rather have Randy Moss in 2007.

  4. Yes a great season, and deserving of all the acclaim. Another WR tis also over 80%, Tyler Lockett from Seattle. I think MANY of these passing and receiving records will fall with new rules. I really don’t want to take away Thomas’s accomplishments. I do want to point out that he isn’t the only one crushing that record right now for percentage and if there is more than one WR doing it, maybe these new rules have an effect.

    Maybe.

  5. Michael Thomas is having a season like no other wide receiver ever…in the easiest year of offense in NFL history.

    Qualifiers must be added to every article or else you’re basically saying that he is better than Jerry Rice.

  6. It is Brees that makes the WR look outstanding. How many times do we have to see this and not get it? Did anyone hear from Mike Wallace after leaving Pitt (Rottensburger)? How about Julias Thomas after he left Denver (Manning)? Or how about every NE WR after they left the Brady slot machine? The world is awash with capable WR’s. Star QB’s? Not so much.

  7. tylawspick6 says:
    November 19, 2018 at 6:56 pm
    be nice to see brady wake up

    all brees does is throw it for grabs ln back shoulder plays

    it is clearly working but if a d would pay attention, this little ride is likely to come crashing down

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    I know that I should not write this, my better angels are certainly to be disappointed after I click the post comment button, NEVERTHELESS this is hands down, the dumbest comment about a 17-year STARTER, forget the fact that Brees is a pro bowler, all-pro, SB MVP, player of the year, blah, blah, blah and probably other accolades that we don’t know about.

    Maybe the moderator will save me or maybe the moderator feels the same way, I don’t know..Somehow this ignorance must be confronted.

  8. bartpkelly says:
    November 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm
    Yes a great season, and deserving of all the acclaim. Another WR tis also over 80%, Tyler Lockett from Seattle. I think MANY of these passing and receiving records will fall with new rules. I really don’t want to take away Thomas’s accomplishments. I do want to point out that he isn’t the only one crushing that record right now for percentage and if there is more than one WR doing it, maybe these new rules have an effect.

    Maybe.
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    Tyler Lockett doesn’t have 1000 yards receiving…he’s got just 550……so he isn’t crushing anything.

  9. Tom Brady is as awake as he’s going to be at this advanced stage of his career. He’s closer to Shady Acres retirement home than he is to another Super Bowl.

  10. danielsong39 says:
    November 19, 2018 at 6:58 pm
    He’s having a great season. On track to being first-team All-Pro.

    With that said I’d rather have Randy Moss in 2007.
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    Moss broke the GOATS TD record that year. He had 23. Pretty good. JR only had 22 in 1987. In 12 games…I believe he threw in a couple rushing ones that year also. When you talk about GOATS at any position there is room for arguments. Except WR.

  11. Michael Thomas is the best wr I’ve seen since T.O. I’ll rank him the 3rd best wr of all time after #1 rice and #2 T.O. Moss is an overrated bum and one trick pony that only ran streaks and was afraid to run down the middle of the field, he was fragile, afraid to take a hit and he’s a quitter, quit for in Oakland his whole time there for a few years and he quit with the Patriots in his final season when he played for like 5 teams in one year after Patriots cut him, vikings cut him, titans cut him. Moss is an overrated hypejob and a quitter. I’ll take T.O over Moss anyday. T.o the next his final year before being blackballed, he had almost 1000 yds and almost 10 tds with the bills and a terrible qb. He averaged that every year no matter where he played. T.O was unstoppable and a td machine. He would’ve broken all of rices records if he wasn’t blackballed by the nfl. T.o should’ve sued the nfl for collusion. If anyone had a case for collusion, it was T.o. He was still in his prime. EVEN today he’s a better wr than most wr’s in the nfl. I bet he still gets you 10 tds and 1000 yds. That’s how good he is.

  12. ylawspick6 says:
    November 19, 2018 at 6:56 pm
    be nice to see brady wake up

    all brees does is throw it for grabs ln back shoulder plays

    it is clearly working but if a d would pay attention, this little ride is likely to come crashing down
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    You obviously missed the pin point pass Drew dropped on Thomas last night for a TD in double coverage. And the bucket drop over Kamara for another TD on 4th and 7. He’s the most accurate QB in the history of the league for a Reason.

  13. Belichick will show the rest of the league how to shut down this Saints offense when the Patriots and the Saints meet in Atlanta. They are not unstoppable.

  14. Michael Thomas is the best wr I’ve seen since T.O. I’ll rank him the 3rd best wr of all time after #1 rice and #2 T.O. Moss is an overrated bum and one trick pony that only ran streaks and was afraid to run down the middle of the field, he was fragile, afraid to take a hit and he’s a quitter, quit for in Oakland his whole time there for a few years and he quit with the Patriots in his “final season when he played for like 5 teams in one year after Patriots cut him, vikings cut him, titans cut him. Moss is an overrated hypejob and a quitter. I’ll take T.O over Moss anyday. T.o the next his final year before being blackballed, he had almost 1000 yds and almost 10 tds with the bills and a terrible qb. He averaged that every year no matter where he played. T.O was unstoppable and a td machine. He would’ve broken all of rices records if he wasn’t blackballed by the nfl. T.o should’ve sued the nfl for collusion. If anyone had a case for collusion, it was T.o. He was still in his prime. EVEN today he’s a better wr than most wr’s in the nfl. I bet he still gets you 10 tds and 1000 yds. That’s how good he is.”

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  15. idersmojo says:
    November 19, 2018 at 9:18 pm
    Michael Thomas is the best wr I’ve seen since T.O. I’ll rank him the 3rd best wr of all time after #1 rice and #2 T.O. Moss is an overrated bum and one trick pony that only ran streaks and was afraid to run down the middle of the field, he was fragile, afraid to take a hit and he’s a quitter, quit for in Oakland his whole time there for a few years and he quit with the Patriots in his “final season when he played for like 5 teams in one year after Patriots cut him, vikings cut him, titans cut him. Moss is an overrated hypejob and a quitter. I’ll take T.O over Moss anyday. T.o the next his final year before being blackballed, he had almost 1000 yds and almost 10 tds with the bills and a terrible qb. He averaged that every year no matter where he played. T.O was unstoppable and a td machine. He would’ve broken all of rices records if he wasn’t blackballed by the nfl. T.o should’ve sued the nfl for collusion. If anyone had a case for collusion, it was T.o. He was still in his prime. EVEN today he’s a better wr than most wr’s in the nfl. I bet he still gets you 10 tds and 1000 yds. That’s how good he is.”

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    Welcome to PFT, Mr. Owens himself!

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    I read that the same way. I honestly felt like, towards the end of the comment, T.O. wrote that!

  16. orndorf2 says:
    November 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm

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    Tyler Lockett doesn’t have 1000 yards receiving…he’s got just 550……so he isn’t crushing anything.,,

    UNLESS you read that I wrote “… isn’t the only one crushing that record right now for percentage…” Yes, I said Percentage which was what the journalist was focusing on.Not sure why you didn’t pick up on what I stated…

  17. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 19, 2018 at 9:08 pm
    Belichick will show the rest of the league how to shut down this Saints offense when the Patriots and the Saints meet in Atlanta. They are not unstoppable.
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    You mean just like 2009 when the Saints beat the Pats so badly that Bellichik pulled Brady out and conceded the game with over 5 minutes left to play?

  18. Randy Moss is the fastest man the NFL has ever seen…which also makes him the best WR the NFL has ever seen…

  19. But Brees shouldn’t overshadow a teammate who’s having a historically great season.

    >So a player that touches the ball 10-15 times a game is worth as much as a player that touches the ball on >99.5% of ALL offensive plays, well OK, IF YOU THINK SO!!!

    And as far as that catch percentage, I know Brees dropping the ball right in Thomas’s arms >70% of the time has nothing to do with his catch percentage being so high, right?

    Man where the hell do some of you people come from?

    Now I’m not trying to take credit away from Thomas but if it wasn’t for Brees being so accurate Thomas wouldn’t have nearly as many catches so let’s put the credit where the credit is due, to the TRUE GOAT, aside from SB’s go look up just about any QB stat and see who owns it = D-R-E-W!!!!!!

  20. I’m sorry but this is all about the QB. Brees is having perhaps the greatest season of any QB in history. Thomas is a great talent, and he’s been able to stay healthy. That’s the key. I remember watching those old 49ers teams and I always thought if John Taylor could stay healthy, he could put up numbers just like Rice, or maybe even better. He was awesome. But he couldn’t stay healthy and Rice could. Look at that record setting season Randy Moss had with Brady. Moss was probably 4 or 5 years past his prime when he did it. Tom was in his physical prime. He didn’t need to trick anyone. Imagine what they could have done together with Moss in his prime. I’m a big fan of all the great WR’s including Thomas, but he’s just playing in role in Brees’ storybook career.

  21. Jerry Rice had Montana, then Young throwing him passes and he admitted to using stickum. He’s not the greatest wr ever.

  22. tylawspick6 says:
    November 19, 2018 at 6:56 pm
    be nice to see brady wake up

    all brees does is throw it for grabs ln back shoulder plays

    it is clearly working but if a d would pay attention, this little ride is likely to come crashing down

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    tylawspick6 says:
    November 19, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    Wish Brady would “trust” his guys. Ugh.

    Brees is playing much better than Brady right now.

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    Apparently your tune has changed from the one you were singing earlier today.

  23. Drew Brees is the 3rd best QB of his era. Ask him if he’d prefer his stats or Brady’s rings. He, like Peyton enjoyed a minimum of 8 indoor games each year and warm weather games in Atlanta & Tampa. Everyone whines about the AFC east but let’s see how well they do playing in actual weather. Much respect for DB but his venue takes off difficultly points.

  24. Bree’s is great but you can’t compare a guy who played half his career indoors with a player who plays outside in New England. Many if not most of Brady’s playoff wins were in NE as well. Bree’s is great but his venue costs him difficulty points.

  25. So if Greg Williams was the D coach playing Thomas the solution would be to break his leg or helmet to helmet him. Also they have to pay off the mob to bribe Pete Morelli to throw the game for them. Of course if they get caught again they will just make Payton the fall guy again and suspend him for a year rather than be exposed for being corrupt just like the NBA and their ref Donahue. How the NBA still exists and is considered reputable and able to be gambled on is beyond all reasonable thinking.

  26. The NFL has made the game much easier for receivers over the years with rule changes and touch fouls on DBs. The suction cup gloves also give them a huge advantage. Put the best receivers from the past in the same situation and they would rolls right past Thomas.

  27. greenwhodat26 says:
    November 19, 2018 at 11:19 pm
    Jerry Rice had Montana, then Young throwing him passes and he admitted to using stickum. He’s not the greatest wr ever.
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    Did it ever occur to you that at least part of the reason they were considered so great is that they had him to throw to? As far as stickum goes it is archaic technology compared to the gloves guys wear now days. Rice has all the records so far out of reach that even with today’s lame rules geared toward scoring and nobody touching/hitting WR’s I doubt they will ever be equaled.

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